Georgia Gardener Newsletter Design Tip: April 19, 2007
|Shovels and spades for every possible garden chore
Experienced gardeners and professionals have tools that they prefer. I am no exception. Let me start off by saying that I have no
endorsements from the manufacturers of these products. I wish I did, but I don't. Therefore, when I promote one of these items it's because
I have used them and wouldn't be without them.
Pruners, Loppers and Saws:
Anything made by
Felco®, period. Felcos are some of the best gardening tools on the market and
as such they aren't cheap. Their pruners are made in a variety of sizes and styles from smaller tools for those with small hands to
left-handed items as well. Their most popular bypass pruner is the original Felco 2. I personally use Felco 6 because I have the hands of
an 8-year-old. These tools can take a beating and since you can replace the parts that wear out, you don't have to throw the tool away. I have
two pair because I dropped one in my woodland garden and didn't find it for six months. When I did, it was rusted shut, but a quick
disassembling and cleaning and it was as good as new. After that experience, I bought the holster so that they don't fall from my pocket.
As for Felco loppers, I own model 22 and for small saws, I own both the folding
model 600 and the longer blade model 610.
|My Felco 6 with holster
Shovels and Spades
In terms of a widely available brand name, I've had good success with the line of Kodiak® shovels found at Ace Hardware stores. However,
my favorites are the custom-made Kombi shovels that I own in a variety of sizes and lengths. The teeth on these shovels could made
a shark green with envy. Not available in stores, the Kombi shovels (and trowels) can be purchased through the Georgia Native Plant
Society at their
annual plant sale this Saturday, April 21 starting at 9 AM.
|The Kombi Shovel cuts through roots with ease
Without a doubt, I love my
Mantis tiller. I'm not a very big person and I have found this tiller easy to
maneuver and control. It does a pretty good job of cutting through red clay. It's even handy to use mixing soil components in
a wheel barrow.
|Creating a new bed with my tiller
There's nothing more irritating than to have to stop and tie or untie a pair of garden shoes. I tried the clogs, they slid off my feet.
I tried sneakers and boots, but those darn laces again. Finally, after a
accident left me with a broken foot that was sore
for months, I purchased a pair of
Muck Daily Garden shoes. I love these shoes so much, I bought a second pair
and then went on to buy the Scrub Boot and the Muckmaster. My only complaint is that it's hard to find these in my size (5) except on line.
These shoes keep my feet warm and dry because the entire shoe is waterproof. I even travel in these shoes as they are easy to slide on and
off when passing through security.
|I wear my Muck shoes even when I'm not gardening.
Clothing and Hats
I am very fair-skinned and have red hair, so I have to watch my exposure to the sun religiously. Some of the best clothing that I have
found is the line of UV protecting, yet lightweight clothing available at REI. I wear the
Convertible Pants which can zip off into shorts and dry
in minutes. I also wear the UV protecting long-sleeve shirts and hats, even in 100 degree weather.
Alas, this is one category where I don't have any recommendations. I garden bare-handed almost all of the time unless I'm working
with chemicals, poison ivy, heavy rocks or lumber. I even shrug off gloves when working with thorny plants. My problem is that I cannot
find completely waterproof and insulated gloves that fit (hands of an 8-year-old). Most of my gloves are two sizes too big which makes
the delicate work of handling plants difficult. So, I wear my calluses with pride.
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